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Sound-to-Go Mega Voice Systems Ordered by German Armed Forces


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Sound-To-Go Ltd
: 11 September, 2007  (Application Story)
The German Armed Forces have ordered three more Mega-Voice systems this month bringing the total this year to thirty.
Having experienced other portable PA systems, in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, they needed to upgrade their requirements for this year's systems. Top of the list was improved sound-quality and intensity. Previous systems were loud but not clear. The Mega-Voice's sound-quality and intensity are unparalleled and the importance of this is more complex than you might think. There is a fine line between a loud voice and shouting. A human being responds to emotion; shouting, crying, and screaming etc. with a heightened sense of panic and some people will shut down other sensory inputs when put under pressure. Children do not listen to a shouting teacher or parent, members of the public will not listen to a shouting soldier. They will watch for other aggressive gestures. The optimal way to communicate with someone is to speak not to shout; the tonal frequencies are different when stress is put into the amplified voice. So if the speaker can speak (not shout) into the PA system, and the system deal effectively with the voice amplification, then this not only improves communication, but can make the difference between good communication and no communication at all.



One fire chief explained, whilst using a 'quieter' PA system after a gas explosion, he asked fire officers to broadcast a warning message to 'stay inside and keep all windows and doors shut'. The poor quality in speech resulted in everybody coming outside to see what all the noise was about!



In urban peacekeeping situations voice amplification is used to avoid and deter dangerous and critical situations and to clearly inform, instruct, evacuate etc. Peace keeping forces will always inform villagers and communities face to face when they can, but under urgent circumstances or when troops are unsure of the reception, then the Mega-Voice facilitates clear speech, recorded or 'live', to be carried over great distances, giving time for crucial life or death assessments to be made.

(Photo: Sound-To-Go Ltd)

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